Anthony Smith attended UFC’s event in Denver this past weekend, and he was asked about Jon Jones’ seemingly being dismissive about his quick rise to the top of the light heavyweight division. It’s where the number three ranked contender and consummate underdog said those things are nothing new to him. He also fired back about Jones’ inactivity and PED suspensions.
“People have been saying that shit about me forever,” Smith told the assembled media. “I wasn’t ready for Oezdemir, I wasn’t ready for Shogun. When are people going to — maybe I’m just good? I don’t know when people might entertain that, but I might just be good.”
“I think that Jon is in a weird place now,” he continued. “I’ve won three fights in five months. Jon Jones has won three fights in five years. Like, what more do I need to do? I’m busting my ass, I’m in great entertaining fights, three finishes. A part of me is like ‘What are you even talking about? You don’t even really fight.’ Until just now, Jon Jones wasn’t even eligible!
“I think he’s just being a smart ass, and I think the things I say bother him because it’s true.”
According to Smith, he’s not trying to “start” anything with Jones personally. He says he simply wants to compete against the man he thinks might be holding the title again soon.
“I think the things that bother Jon is when people ask me do I think he cheats? Yeah, I do. He failed drug tests. How can you argue with that? He’s been suspended twice for PEDs,” he said. “I’m not the only one talking about Jon Jones so it’s like I don’t know what his deal is but I don’t give a shit.
“I’m not one of those guys trying to build animosity with Jon. I don’t give a shit about Jon Jones, it’s about the title for me,” he said. “I don’t talk about him personally, and that’s the route that people go with Jon. They want to talk about his personal life and all the trouble he’s been in. Again, I don’t give a shit about that either. I just want to fight him, and I think he cheats. That’s it.”
Jones is set to rematch Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232. According to Smith, he believes Gustafsson and himself to be the only real threats to Jones in the division.